The Force will be strong in Times Square this week. To celebrate the premiere of the new Cartoon Network special LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, LEGO and Lucasfilm have teamed up to bring a massive recreation of a X-wing Starfighter to New York City.
Made of 5,335,200 LEGO bricks, the model — based on the iconic ship Luke Skywalker & Co. fly in the Star Wars movies — was transported to the United States from the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic, where it was constructed by a team of 32 builders. It is an exact replica — at 42 times the size — of the LEGO Star Wars set No. 9493. It will be parked in Times Square Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25.
The Yoda Chronicles premieres Wednesday, May 29 (8/7c, Cartoon Network) with "The Phantom Clone," the first installment of a three-part series written by longtime Simpsons producer Michael Price. In the humorous, kid-friendly adventure the legendary Jedi master takes a group of Padawans on a mission to stop Darth Sidious, along the way encountering iconic Star Wars characters, including C-3PO, General Grievous and Admiral "It's a Trap!" Ackbar. Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back, has a surprising role in the episode.
The second and third chapters of The Yoda Chronicles will air later this year.